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[398c] he has a great portion and honor among the dead, and becomes a spirit, a name which is in accordance with the other name of wisdom. And so I assert that every good man, whether living or dead, is of spiritual nature, and is rightly called a spirit.

And I, Socrates, believe I quite agree with you in that. But what is the word “hero”?

That is easy to understand; for the name has been but slightly changed, and indicates their origin from love (ἔρως).

What do you mean?

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